No way for drivers to avoid crashes that killed ‘beloved grandad’

The death of a 'beloved grandad' who died after being hit by two cars while crossing the road was "unavoidable", an inquest has heard. David Cox, 76, of Lancaster Way, Yaxley, Peterborough, was struck by two vehicles on the evening of Saturday, November 27, 2021. Mr Cox crossed the roundabout linking the A605 with the B1040 at Whittlesey on foot at around 5:35pm.

He was hit by a silver Mercedes CLK27 and then a second car, a black Ford Focus, also collided with him. Coroner Ms Elizabeth Gray said at the inquest at Lawrence Court on September 27 that it was "a reason that cannot be explained" as to why Mr Cox "entered the lane of traffic near the roundabout after being at the Conservative Club" on the day of the collision. The inquest also heard there was "no opportunity for the drivers to avoid the collision".

Read more: Police name 'beloved grandad' killed after being hit by two cars in Cambs town Ms Gray explained the drivers would not expect to see a pedestrian crossing the roundabout on the road. On this day, Mr Cox parked his car in a parking bay on a nearby street and visited the Whittlesey Conservative Club, but it was said "he usually parks in the Conservative car park."

After visiting the Conservative Club, Mr Cox "was walking in the wrong direction to where his car was parked when he was struck". The inquest heard that there was "confusion" as to why he walked in the opposite direction. The family liaison officer said his family "can't come up with reasons why he walked in the direction he walked in".

No evidence was found that either driver was driving incorrectly on the day or that either car had any defects or failures which could have contributed to the collision. There was also no evidence of drug or alcohol use found in either of the drivers nor had either of them been using their mobile phones at the time of the accident, the inquest heard. The silver Mercedes was driving at around 12mph and the black Ford at around 15mph at the time of the collisions.

The conditions on the day had been wet, windy and dark with a wet road surface. Paramedics attended the collision but sadly Mr Cox died at the scene. The 76-year-old was described as a "beloved husband, brother, dad and grandad".

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